Black Mamba Fever


Louis Ashman

Where are you from?

What do you do?
I personally shriek and wail in a band called Black Mamba Fever, oh and I also hit the bass guitar ruddy hard. Even to the point where strings are snapped, tears are shed, and blood is drawn. I also enjoy long walks on the beach and bike rides.

Describe your style in three words?
Sweaty, Rock ‘n’ Roll.

The most influential British single ever released?
T .Rex - 'Metal Guru'
An example of how pop music isn’t what it used to be. I say that as though I’ve been around for years, but listening back to this track makes me yearn for modern pop music to be this well-crafted. I love the drive and the melody of this song, with Marc Bolan’s wailing vocals cutting through effectively well. Also lyrically my favourite refrain “Metal Guru how’s it been, just like a silver studded saber tooth dream, I’ll be clean you know pollution machine oh yeah”.

Best gig you have ever been to?
Late of the Pier at The Leadmill Sheffield 7/2/09
Fantastic band. Criminally underrated and I urge whoever is reading this to go and listen to their album Fantasy Black Channel. You won’t be disappointed. I remember the band having it all: the energy was there, the songs were incredibly tight, the audience was very responsive, essentially it was one of the first instances in which I watched a band grabbing the audience’s attention from the get go.

If you could play with any musical artist from history?
Probably Led Zeppelin. I’ve always thought we (Black Mamba Fever) could do an interesting cover of Misty Mountain Hop so we’d probably give that a stab. I imagine we wouldn’t be able to keep up with them though and instead would end up just watching them play. I think I just really want a free Led Zeppelin concert if I’m being honest. Just make sure Phil Collins isn’t invited.

What British music icons inspire your sound today?
We are all heavily influenced by punk both in the UK and the US. I admire the energy of these records and how they effectively translate to recordings. So bands like The Clash, The Buzzcocks, The Damned, Gang of Four, Wire, Stiff Little Fingers to name just a few.

Sheffield four-piece, Black Mamba Fever, impressed us earlier in the year when they featured in our recent Sheffield Sound list of emerging bands to hear now.

Their promising debut single 'Feeling The Strain' is available to pre-order from Rough Trade at


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